In the heart of Sonoma Valley, nestled among the vineyards, emerges an architectural showpiece known throughout the world as the “Castle.” The impressive edifice was designed by founder and winemaker, Steve Ledson. The winery consistently produces highly coveted, small-lot handcrafted wines scoring in the mid-’90s and above, showcasing the absolute best Sonoma County has to offer. The winemaking philosophy is, “everything begins in the vineyard.” Steve chooses quality over quantity, only selects the best grapes, and will reject fruit if it doesn’t meet his approval.
Guests are offered a complete tasting experience and a variety of options from dropping in for a general tasting at one of three separate tasting bars, to the best-of-the-best: a private tasting in a personal tasting suite hosted by one of Steve’s personally trained winemaker assistants.
The Gourmet Marketplace offers a great selection of local and unique cheeses, meats, fresh sandwiches, and salads, plus many Ledson delicacies, such as flavored mustards, olive oils, and wine-infused chocolate sauces. After the tasting, many decide to enjoy a delicious picnic in the majestic Oak Grove.
Wines are only available at the winery, through the wine club, or online.
“This Castle is a Must-See”—The Boston Globe
“One of the twelve most impressive wineries in the world.” — Vinepair
Public Tasting - $20 or $30
For groups with more than 6 people, a reservation is required.
Wine Club Members receive preferred pricing.
Private Tasting - $75
Private wine tastings are conducted by one of our knowledgeable wine consultants personally trained and mentored by Steve Ledson. Your wine tasting will take place in one of the six private suites or, as weather permits, outside on the veranda overlooking the vineyards or in the Oak Grove.
The wines for the private tasting will be personally selected by your wine consultant based on any requests and preferences you specify when making your reservation.
Private Wine Tasting with Cheese & Charcuterie Plate
The passionate wine connoisseur can be truly immersed with a private tasting, conducted by a knowledgeable assistant to the winemaker, personally trained by Steve Ledson. Cheese and charcuterie plates may be added to enhance your tasting.
The Gourmet Marketplace provides a true sensory feast. Choose from an array of gourmet sandwiches, pasta salads and quick bites. It also offers an extensive selection of locally produced mustards, olive oils, chocolate sauces and artisan cheeses.
Gourmet Picnic Lunch
Hungry for a sampling of fresh artisanal foods? Choose from the freshest and finest of local Sonoma purveyors in the Gourmet Marketplace and enjoy a picnic in the beautiful oak grove while enjoying the impeccable Ledson wines.
At A Glance
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- Red Wines
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Cabernet Franc
- Petite Verdot
- Pinot Noir
- Red Wine Blends
- Unfiltered Wines
- Unique Reds
- White and Dessert Wines
- Sauvignon Blanc
- Dessert Wines
- Club Member Lounge
- Deli / Marketplace
- Open Late
- Library Reserve Tastings
- Sustainably Farmed
- Wine And Food Pairings
- Picnic Grounds
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